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BMW 5 Series, Sedan
#6086 of 12737 need4speed1
Apr 02, 2003 (12:04 pm)
I can answer some of your questions:
If I am not mistaken, there was a "Sport/Premium Package" available for the 530i in 2001 (for at least part of the model year), and that package did NOT have the sport seats, which were an extra charge option.
I have a 2002 530i 5-Speed, PP, SP, Xenon and Premium Audio, and the seats do in fact have an adjustable thigh support.
Regarding the Xenon headlights, I have noticed that on both of my BMWs that have had them (former 1999 328i and current 530i), when the lights are turned on, they briefly (as in like a quarter of a second) flash REAL bright, and then settle down to their normal intensity, regular Halogen lights turn on directly to their normal intensity.
Regarding the Premium Audio, I am not sure about this one, however, I think that the top right button next to the display will say "Audio" if the car does not have DSP, and it will say "Audio DSP" if it does have it. A further test would be to turn the ignition on (DSP is not changeable when you turn the audio system on with the ignition off) and press the DSP button. When activated, you should see "CONCERT JAZZCLUB CHURCH MEMORY1 2 Off" across the bottom display if in fact that car has DSP.
I hope this helps.
#6087 of 12737 vinu_neuro: $30k for an M5 = April Fools!
Apr 02, 2003 (3:05 pm)
Shame on snagiel and riez for biting on that bait!
However, had the price been something like $45-50k, that's a "buyer beware" sign. I looked at a 2000 Jaguar XKR convertible that was priced $15k+ below wholesale. The seller looked professional, lived in a nice neighborhood in a $2+/- million house and indicated he was selling since he was going to be returning to Europe and his company told him to liquidate it (business car) quickly. Something smelled funny. A couple of weeks later my wife went by the house and saw an IRS padlock on the driveway gate.
Any car being sold for more than 5-10% under dealer wholesale warrants very careful due diligence. More often than not, it's been in a wreck, been stolen (or has clouded title), or the seller isn't heading to Europe, but rather to jail.
#6088 of 12737 Tire Pressure for SP?
Apr 02, 2003 (5:24 pm)
I'm not clear on proper tire pressure for the 17" wheels on the SP models. The sticker on the door jam is confusing too. Is the correct pressure 29f/33r ? Thanks for the help!
#6089 of 12737 525/530i Sedan Tire Pressures
Apr 02, 2003 (6:09 pm)
Based on the 2003 5 Series owner's manual, the "recommended" tire pressures for all tire sizes are:
29F/33R - Max four (4) passengers
33F/41R - Max five (5) passengers + luggage
The 540i has different pressures for different tire sizes and transmissions.
Hope this helps...JL
Apr 02, 2003 (6:46 pm)
Hey guys. Got a question. A reader e-mailed me and told me the 540 steering had gotten very overboosted much like the 330 in 2001. He said feel had pretty much left the room. I was until then considering buying one. If this is true what model did this start with? I want responsive feel with a good amount of effort which is rewarded by rapid movement of the wheel in the direction in which I want to go. Lets discuss driving "feel" in the steering and handling as most of us in a suburban setting will never test the limits of speed and are limited to fairly lower speed fun in handling. By the way, the 330i steering was corrected in 2002 due to many complaints.
#6091 of 12737 RE: 540 steering
Apr 02, 2003 (7:22 pm)
I have an 02 540i with the SP and the steering is anything but light. Firm with good road feel even slightly heavy.
#6092 of 12737 RE: vinu_neuro: $30k for an M5 = April Fools! by epn2
Apr 02, 2003 (9:06 pm)
Damn. I'm bad at detecting ruses in person, let alone online. Just for that, I demand you let me take your M5 out for a spin.
#6093 of 12737 Just read the news re 2004 5series on bmwusa.com
Apr 02, 2003 (9:20 pm)
I have to say I am a little disappointed with the engine sizes of 525 and 530. I would trade active steering for more horses.
Apr 03, 2003 (4:22 am)
So, coming Monday being the last day to order the E39s, my sales guy is throwing in a bit extra to make me sign the paper for an M5. Even with the duty and shipping, it is going to save me quite a bit over buying through US dealer. (we are posted in Germany, and I can only claim duty free import on 1 car, which is sitting in our garage) With the economy as it is, it is probably not the smartest thing to do, but I still can't get the v-8 sound and grin off my face.
Well, just a few more days........
#6095 of 12737 RE: Just read the news re 2004 5series on bmwusa.com by zhangqj
Apr 03, 2003 (8:25 am)
You're welcome to hold out for the 330HP V8, should the 6's not suffice. I wonder if the once-rumored 3.8L twin-turbo 6 is still in the works. Remember, though, that the cars will be about 150 pounds lighter (almost as light as the E46). Lighter weight, in my opinion, is more important than more power.